EL PASO - November 20, 2014 - The El Paso Fire Department and the El Paso Chihuahuas have teamed together to make the holiday season brighter for children as they proudly present "Paws for Presents", a toy drive benefiting the Child Crisis Center.
The drive continues through Saturday, Dec. 13. The Chihuahuas and EPFD request all gifts be new and not gift wrapped for children up to the age of 13. The team will categorize and deliver to the Child Crisis Center.
"Being the recipient of these donated gifts allows us to provide Christmas for children that are most needy," said Al Velarde, Executive Director of the Child Crisis Center. "Last year, our center was able to provide 740 gifts to children in the El Paso Community. Not only did we provide for the children and families we served, we were able to work with other non-profit organizations who had identified families that needed assistance during the holidays."
The Child Crisis Center of El Paso protects children from abuse and neglect by providing shelter, advocacy, and family support services.
Donations can be dropped off at the 35 El Paso neighborhood fire stations or the Chihuahuas Team Shop located at 1 Ballpark Plaza on Durango St. The Team Shop is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The store is closed on Sundays.
"We hope our great community will join the El Paso Fire Department and the Chihuahuas in bringing gifts and joy to the local children this holiday season. Please participate," said Chihuahuas general manager, Brad Taylor.
"The El Paso Fire Department and its membership are excited to partner up with the Chihuahuas for this worthwhile cause," said Lieutenant James Schaerfl. "We hope the toy drive helps the Child Crisis Center bring joy to the lives of the children it serves during this Holiday Season. I'm positive that the community will give from their hearts and this event will be a great success.
For more information, call (915) 242-2025.
WHAT: "Paws for Presents", a toy drive benefiting the Child Crisis Center. Toys must be new and unwrapped for children up to the age of 13.
WHEN: Now through Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014.
WHERE: El Paso Fire Department's 35 stations and the El Paso Chihuahuas Team Shop on Durango.